Iron fencing can give a home a distinctive, antique and majestic look to the property. With its intricate patterning and scrolling, it can be a bit of a challenge when trying to paint. Here are some instructions for your use to guide you as to how to paint your ornamental iron fence.
Removing Old Paint
Before attempting to add any coloring to your fence, you will want to do some preparation so that the paint will adhere without problem. You will first want to remove any areas where existing paint may be bubbling, cracking or flecking. These are areas where the paint is becoming loose and will need to be removed so they do not fall off with the new color of paint on top of them. You can remove this paint using a small wire brush. Gently brush the areas until the paint chips fall off completely.
Any areas that have no paint on them will need to be sanded to help keep them from rusting. This will also allow the paint to adhere. Use a medium-grit sandpaper and gently rub in the area to remove the rest of the paint that was falling off. Afterward, use a fine-grit sandpaper on the same area to make it very smooth.
Cleaning Your Fence
Once you have removed old paint, you can clean your fence in preparation for adding new paint. The best way to do this would be by hand. Since iron fencing has so many open areas, using a pressure-washer would not be as effective as it would on a solid-walled fence.
Fill a bucket with a mild cleanser and use a clean sponge to wash down all surfaces of your fence. You will want to pay particular attention to areas where spiders may have webbing, such as around scrolling and in corners. Spiders are attracted to iron fencing as there are many areas to attach their webbing. Do the cleaning in small areas at a time so that you can dry the area after you clean it. Use a clean cloth to rub dry.
Painting The Fence
Now that your fence is clean and dry, you can add the paint. You should first spray a rust remover on any area where the paint had been scraped off, leaving an untreated surface. You should also consider using a rust-inhibiting paint on the iron fencing so that the iron stays healthy after it is painted.
Using a paintbrush may work better as using a sprayer, as you would be spraying the ground in a lot of areas due to the structure of the fencing. Make sure to get the paint into crevices and on the undersides of scrolling. Because of the areas with patterns, you will want to use different sized brushes for different areas.
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